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Sunday, February 15, 2009
"The Practicing Catholic" Attends Her First Tridentine Latin Mass

Here are my words of advice to her. I pray that these benefit others as well. In response to My First Encounter with the Extraordinary Form.

Sexagesima Sunday 2009

I am so glad to have heard from you and I rejoice that Our Blessed Lord has used me as a means of spreading the beautiful Mass of the Ages to even just one more soul.

As you expressed in your post, it can feel clumsy and lost to attend anything new for the first time, but how beautiful the Mass of the Ages is! As I have heard it many times, it is not important for you to go there and understand everything. I am so proud to read that you were at least able to read along with the prayers, something that some people do not do at all at their first Tridentine Mass. During those first few Masses that you attend, just place yourself in the presence of the priest, who ascends to the altar like Moses ascended the Mountain in order to offer the sacrifice to God for the people. For me, as the priest ascends the altar and the Mass takes place, I find at the Tridentine Mass that I am closest to feeling and understanding that at the Mass Heaven and Earth are united.

In the context of this Mass, how beautiful it is hear the hymn "Faith of our Fathers".

I would encourage you to try to slowly obtain several wonderful works for your spiritual nourishment. Here are links to a few.

The Liturgical Year
The Angelus Press 1962 Daily Missal (in case that you don't have a Missal) These are at:

A website to find many Traditional things at cheap prices is the Our Lady of the Rosary Library.
Image Source: Believed to be in the Public Domain, Image of the Society of St. Pius X SSPX.ORG


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